My daughter is attending college in Boston and living in the city. Although I'm not a runner, and do manage to avoid the city when there's a crowd expected, I've always been proud of my local city and their biggest yearly event that bring thousands of visitors each year together in peace. All the local news stations feature the Marathon each year, and every year I'm amazed at how they keep track of thousands of runners from all over the world.
I always hear all about the preparations and the excitement in the morning before work, and don't think about it all day until I get home from work.
Today as I was leaving work, I found a text on my phone... "Mom, I'm at home writing a paper, I'm safe." Then I got home and realized what happened.
I'll never understand the mentality of people who intentionally hurt other people. Wanting to hurt strangers is even more difficult to understand.
I keep trying to believe that people are good. I've seen that happening on the news today in shots of people helping injured. I want to know how I can help.
Here's what I've come up with:
- Give blood. They can always use blood. (I used to give blood all the time. They won't take my blood now, due to certain medications I'm on since I had a stroke.)
- Look for opportunities to show Acts of Kindness.
- Celebrate the first responders, the true Patriots on Patriots day.
- Stand together as a country. Wave your flags. Sing patriotic songs. Accept differences.
- Celebrate my favorite city: Boston! We are a strong, passionate people... we won't let this bring us down!
Here are a couple of ways to celebrate:
A video... this song is a classic to Bostonians (as you can see by the title of this post!)
And some great children's literature!